Rangers will lead a variety of hikes and nature programs (such as the hike to Rattlesnake Lodge this morning) across the Asheville area. All the programs are free and open to locals, tourists and even people from Charlotte.
The summer season program schedule for the Pisgah District surrounding Asheville is as follows:
- Hike of the Week: Every Friday at 10 a.m. there will be a guided hike at varying locations along the Parkway (between Milepost 356 and 469). Climb a mountain, visit a scenic waterfall, search for what’s blooming, or learn more about the Parkway’s history.
- Evening Campfire: Spend your Saturday nights with a classic campfire program at the Mount Pisgah Campground (Milepost 408.8). Join a ranger to learn about a Parkway topic and enjoy a relaxing evening around the campfire. Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
- After Hours Hike: Every other Thursday night rangers host an easy hike somewhere on the Mountains-To-Sea Trail close to Asheville. It’s a great way to stretch your legs after work or after a long day sightseeing in your car. Hikes start at 7 p.m, location varies.
- Family Night: Every other Thursday night (opposite of the After Hours Hike) meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville (Milepost 384) for activities, games, and crafts specifically designed for children and families. Program times are 7-8:30 p.m.
For more information, including confirmation of hike locations and start times, check the website at www.nps.gov/blri or call the parkway Visitor Center in Asheville at 828-298-5330, ext. 304.